The First Drug Store in the Community is Now Open!

Media Contact: Liz Faris, Communications Manager, (619) 527-6161 ext. 376, lfaris@jacobscenter.org

May 19, 2015 – SAN DIEGO – This past Saturday, residents of southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, District 4 Councilmember Myrtle Cole, and other community leaders joined officials from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the long awaited grand opening of Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue a milestone in revitalization of this community.

The opening of this Walgreens is significant because this is the first time the more than 88,000 residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods have had convenient access to a pharmacy in their neighborhood. Previously residents had to travel to Lemon Grove, National City, or Downtown to get the essential goods and services provided by a drug store. The Diamond Neighborhoods include the communities of Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Lincoln Park, Mountain View, Mount Hope, North Encanto, Oak Park, South Encanto, Valencia Park, and Webster.

Prior to its opening, the Jacobs Center partnered with Walgreens and South Metro Career Center to host interview workshops and hiring fairs. Of the 15 permanent positions Walgreens was hiring for, nearly all were filled by residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Walgreens is evidence of our redevelopment progress and what can be achieved when we work together with the residents of this community. We know residents are ready to support Walgreens and other developments of this nature. Today we celebrate the grand opening of Walgreens, but we are also here to let San Diego know that the Diamond Neighborhoods are open for business said Reginald Jones, president and CEO of the Jacobs Center.

Bringing Walgreens to the area is part of the Jacobs Center’s master redevelopment plan to revitalize and encourage investment along the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. The Jacobs Center plans to develop the remaining 50 acres they own in the area over the next 15 years and provide more options for housing, dining, and entertainment. Two more of the Jacobs Centers redevelopment projects will break ground before the end of this year.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform nearly sixty acres into The Village at Market Creek, a LEED-certified neighborhood and vibrant cultural destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, lead the implementation, and own the change in their community. Learn more at www.jacobscenter.org.